Here is Apple’s New Shame
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) problems with workers at overseas supplier factories are not limited to China. A local report from Brazil says employees at factories of Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn in the country are threatening to strike over poor working conditions.
Workers at the Foxconn plant in Jundiaí, Brazil are reportedly concerned about overcrowded buses, a lack of water, and poor food — and want the issues resolved by May 3. More than 2,500 employees have threatened to strike if action is not taken, according to a report on Brazil’s Tech Guru website. The report says Foxconn hired more than a thousand new employees at the facility, but did not add to the transport infrastructure. The facility was also being forced to bring in water trucks to cater to the increased demand for the basic necessity.
The factories in Brazil are involved in the production of iPhone and iPad devices, but the report did not specify how production may be hit in the case of a strike. A representative for the employees was hopeful they would reach a settlement.
Last month, Apple faced international embarrassment after an independent audit of Foxconn’s factories in China found multiple labor condition violations. Apple said it worked with its partner to take swift action to increase wages as well as improve employees’ work hours.